I made a mistake in my email the other day. Our party date is changing to Tuesday, May 23rd. The time remains the same. 6pm-8:30pm.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you enjoyed the holiday season with family and friends. Cheers to all of you! All of you make my life and work so special and I am truly grateful.
Do you like a challenge? Our Twin Cities Quilting Challenge is back for 2017. After taking a year off I decided I was once again up for the challenge of organizing this event. If you are not familiar with our challenges here's how they work: You make a quilt between now and the challenge deadline. Your quilt needs to be "on theme" for our challenge. Your deadline to have the quilt at the store is early May (specifics TBD). There are some rules and guidelines for the challenge listed below. We celebrate in May! All the quilts hang in the shop during May. We have a great big party! Those who enter a quilt in the challenge get their name entered for prizes- pretty good ones! After the quilts hang at Twin Cities Quilting they go up to Duluth and are part of a special exhibit at the 2017 Minnesota Quilt Show and Conference.
This year's theme is (are you ready!) "The Power of Three". For centuries visual artist and craftsman have been creating work with three strong visual elements. Sometimes this is easy for the viewer to spot and sometimes it takes on more of a supporting role. The best way for me to explain this concept is through examples. So here goes...
In the first group most of the examples are from our store (you may have purchased one of our patterns or kits). It has to do with organizing your elements into three columns or rows.
Both of these are fairly simple examples. Both use three columns to organize the work. Please note that with the baby quilt there are also three main visuals, each in it's own column with a supporting cast. The reason I bring this up is because simply using three columns or three rows of blocks is not quite enough. There needs to be three elements in these columns or rows that really catch the eye.
The next three examples are a little more complex but emphasis the same principle.
The first quilt although in rows really showcases three visual elements. Some have called this three belt buckles. Ha! The second quilt also uses three rows. But in this quilt what really illustrates "the power of three" is the sections of framed triangles. The other element in the rows is simply a nice way to fill the space so the sections of framed triangles can be different lengths and asymmetrical. In the third quilt we also use rows but what really takes center stage are the three big blocks. But this quilt without the border wouldn't work. It would be way too simple without anything to really make us take a second look. The border on this quilt elevates and makes this design more complex.
There are other ways to use this concept of "The Power of Three". I'll explore these options in upcoming emails.
Here's the "fine print"/rules for our exhibit:
Sign up for the challenge in the store. In order to sign up you need to make a $50.00 purchase.
Deliver your quilt by the deadline mid-May. Exact date to follow.
Come celebrate at the party and talk about your quilt. We are all interested in knowing how you created your quilt. Who knows you may win a great prize.
Let us display your quilt in Duluth at the 2017 Minnesota Quilt Show and Conference.
Pick your quilt up at Twin Cities Quilting the third week in June.
I hope you're excited. I'll let send out more emails showing how "The Power of Three" can be used in different ways.
Just a reminder that we will be closed Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24th. Our free yard of sale fabric with a three yard purchase at regular price is going strong and ending on the 23rd. After that, we will have our traditional New Year's Day Sale:
NEW YEAR'S DAY SALE
Noon - 4pm
20% Off Red Dot Bolts, Books and Notions
95% of fabric on sale. ½ yard minimum cut on all fabric
Batting by the yard is not on sale. Packaged batting is on sale.
Here's a sneak peek at the 2017 Block of the Month. I'm so pleased with the way it came out. It was quite the challenge but I feel the results were worth it. Right now I'm in the process of pricing the class and choosing alternative colorways. I'm also quilting it this week!
Our new class list will be out before the new year - look for samples and brochures during the New Year's Day Sale. We have some new classes as well as some old favorites. Look for it in your mailbox soon.
Our new arrival this week is 'Poppie Mae' by Robin Pickens from Moda.
We're starting a special offer now through Friday, December 23rd. Go to the bottom of this email for details.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am so thankful to have each and every one of you in my life. Not only from a business perspective, but all of you make my day brighter when you come to visit the store. I love how many of you know my name and share your quilting lives with me. I have such a passion for quilting and believe it enriches all of our lives. I started this business so women could have an outlet for their creative talents and be able to share those talents with family and a community of quilters. This business and quilting is about so much more than the finished product. I strongly believe that all of us improve our self confidence and add to our self worth by practicing the art of quilting. The finished quilts are only a small portion of what makes our endeavors worthwhile. You all enrich my life beyond belief. I now wonder what I would do without you.
My niece, Coco, and I made infinity scarves. It was her first time using my sewing machine by herself. She did everything but cut the fabric. She was excellent at pinning and sewing. The iron scared her a little but she managed. We used the double gauze fabric now available in the store- we both chose the cat fabrics. I went to Blick's art supply store a couple of weeks ago and every single female sales associate stopped me to tell me how much they liked my scarf. They were all in their late twenties and early thirties. Keep these in mind when making small gifts for the holidays.
I have many double gauze bolts on order that have a more mature look. Let's face it, we can't wear cats everywhere. They should be arriving after the beginning of the year. I can't believe what a beautiful selection I had to choose from. I bought many bolts considering the last time I had them in stock you guys bought them up in less then a week.
We received many receiving blankets for Haiti during our drive. Over 400! You guys are great! Thank you to all of the individuals and guilds that participated. Kathy's daughter, Kelsey, took as many as she could pack with her a few weeks ago. They were much appreciated by the entire medical and support staff team. The staff will bring more and more as they make trips to help with the effort. Here are some great pics:
Now through December 23rd
Buy 3 yards of fabric at regular price.
Choose from precuts or an assortment of cuts from many bolts.
Receive a free one yard cut of any sale fabric.
You pick the bolt off our sale shelves. While supplies last.
I hope to see all of you before the end of the year. Here's wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season!
SALE THIS WEEK
Receive 20% off Red Dot Bolts through Saturday
Sale Fabrics are marked down to 50%
Finish the Bolt Specials are an extra 5%
I'm having a hard time finding room for all of the new fabrics coming through the door. Let's make some room for them!
Kris has been out for a couple of weeks so showing you all the new fabrics has to wait. Remember, we only show you a smattering of all the fabrics coming through the door. Come in and see the rest!
If you haven't signed up for a fall class yet now's the time. Click here for our complete list of classes. Space is limited so plan early.
It's here! The Shop Hop starts Friday and runs through August 14th.
To bypass the construction on the way to our shop here is some time saving advice. The Lexington exit off of Hwy. 36 eastbound is closed for repairs. I suggest you exit prior to Lexington and use the Hamline off-ramp. Take a left at the first stop onto Commerce Street. In one block take a right onto Hamline and then a left at the library onto County Road B. Take a right onto Lexington at the next stop light.
If you're traveling westbound on Hwy. 36 use the Dale exit. Go left on Dale, take a right on County Road B and then a left on Lexington.
On Saturday, July 30th, 35W southbound will be closed between Hwy. 36 and 694. I suggest you take Snelling down to County Road B. Take a left on County Road B and then a right on Lexington. Feel free to call us if you have any questions. 651.340.8263.
We have a large assortment of prints from Hoodie's new collection, Anna Luna, for Stof Fabrics. I love the colors! They are rich and intense! These bolts mix and match beautifully. Click here to see them on the website.
We hope to see everyone in the shop for the Hop,
Don't miss out on the Shop Hop coming up next week! It starts Friday, July 29 and runs through August 14th. Take a look at our kits and get more information by clicking here. There are a few spots left on the bus from Coon Rapids. The Roseville and Bloomington buses are full.
We have a new collection from Hoffman Fabrics. I love the grit of the "Grafic" collection by Latifah Saafir Studios. Click here to see it on the website.
Come in and see all our Quilt MN quilts hanging in the store! We have four kits and supplies are limited. Reserve your kit by purchasing on the website or call us. 651-340-8263
I spent the forth of July in my hometown, Portland Oregon, having a "mini" family reunion. My three brothers and I got together with all of the kids- that would be my nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. There were 18 of us with my nieces and nephews ranging in age from 38 to 8 years old. It was something we hadn't done before so it was really special. If you don't know what it's like to be the only girl growing up in a family of boys than you just haven't lived.
Our Shop Hop kits are now available for purchase. Click here or on any photo to purchase a kit. We've made it possible for you to now purchase a kit online and pick it up in the store. If you want the kit shipped you will now have to add the shipping separately to your cart. All kits will be ready to pick up or ship during the shop hop. No kits will be able to leave the shop earlier than that. Them the rules.
We hope you like our options. We work hard to do something for everyone. See you at the hop - or sooner!
Just a reminder about the bus for the MN Shop Hop. $30.00 of Aurifil thread is your gift when you take the bus for $39.95.
Robert Kaufman has done it again with great winter panel scenes. I developed a pattern, Winter Wonder II, and kitted it in all three colorways. It measures 50" x 64" and sells for $64.99. Our sample is in the tan/teal colorway. The other colorways are shown below. Click here to order on the website.
All kits contain a medium and dark value fabric for the frames. Next in the pictures is the background color followed by the border print. The first colorway below is in grey. As above, we've used grunge for the background.
And this is the indigo colorway. The background fabric is Quilters Linen (100% cotton) platinum which is a whisper of a blue/grey tint. The medium blue frame fabric comes directly from the collection with the trees. We also used a Quilters Linen, Teal (a bit deceiving) for the dark framing fabric. You can order any of these kits over the phone (651-340-8263), or on the website. And of course, we'd love to see you in person.
We have a new baby quilt kit done in a flannel and cotton mix. Lions and Tigers and Bears... and Bunnies is the perfect size for any infant, 40" x 45", and it sells for $52.99. Click here to purchase the kit on the website.
We are having a great time visiting with travelers picking up Row x Row kits. We've already had to order more bolts of fabric. They arrived yesterday so all colorways are back in stock. Our Market Reveal party was great fun. Thanks to all of you who were able come. We can still take Charley Harper fabric pre-orders. All of the other fabric pre-orders are no longer available as pre-orders.
We are now busy creating great projects for the Minnesota Shop Hop using this year's fun fabrics. We will email pics of those kits once we have everything completed and photographed. I'm hoping that's next week! See you soon,
Tonight's the night! Our Market Reveal Party starts at 6:30pm. I'll show the powerpoint presentation twice during the evening and highlight some of the new fabrics for the coming months. Here's what else to expect:
Debut of our Row x Row patterns and kits - Door prizes all night long - 20% off all red dot fabrics - Our 6th anniversary celebration - Pre-order some great new collections.
We have fun new summery fabric from Maywood Studio. This is from the "Cycles of Life" collection. Click here to order from the website.
"Paper Obsessed" is from Windham Fabrics. I have to say, the white-on-white paper airplanes are darn cute! Click here to see in on the website.
It's never too early to think about flannel. This is "Burly Beavers" from Robert Kaufman. Click here to purchase on the website.
I'm hoping to see you tonight!